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In chess why couldnt my kind capture a knight or pawn?

i was absolutely surrounded my a pawns a knight but the game wouldnt let me capture any of them. it would only let me move to an empty spot. how come? i was playing again and now it wont let my kind capture anyone! :(

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It's probably that your opponent found a "discovered check".

Suppose, for example, that you had black and the file in front of your king was empty, except for your opponents rooks (back on the base line) and his bishoip (between the rook and your king). If he moves the bishop, perhaps capturing another piece with it, you must either move your king or else place another piece in the way.

But, if in moving the Bishop he checks you with that as well as the rook, that's called a "double check" and even the laziest king has to run away from those. (The same thing would apply if the rook's check was uncovered by moving a knight, with check, or by a pawn capture, with check.)

I wrote a piece about this in my chess blog. It's called The Kamikaze and the Dive Bomber. You can play through the positions by clicking the arrows in the diagrams. http://www.chess.com/blog/Dozy/the-kamikaze-and-the-dive-bomber

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have no idea what you are talking about...but I know you are a great chess player!
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I dunno about "great" Virginia, but I've been known to win the odd game, here and there. Hopefully the explanation and link will help IsNot understand the problem.
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That doesn't make sense =( Were you moving diagonally? What piece were you using?
If it is a pawn, I believe they can move one space forward, but when you want to capture an opponents piece you have to move diagonally. Were you able to capture the other pieces but not the pawns and knights? Sounds rigged if you ask me =/

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